Fish & Aquarium Supplies: Freshwater Aquarium Test Kits

Aquarium water test kits are one of the first equipments that are purchased by all aquarists.
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You know the value of good lighting in your reef tank. But lighting also matters when reading the results of aquarium test kits. You will be matching up the color in the test tube to some type of colored scale. Most aquarium kits use a color card having a series of colors that correspond to specific levels of the test parameter. The test kit manufacturer developed the color card to match the results in the test tube. The matching of test tube to color card is performed under “daylight” conditions in order to get the best color match. Trying to read a test result in a dark room or near a lot of blue reef light may make it hard to match up the colors. Some kits are titrations, meaning reagents are added drop by drop until a certain color appears. The asks you to add reagent drops until a blue color appears. The number of drops added to get the blue color is used to calculate the calcium level in the water. Lighting is important for titration kits too because there is often a slight color tint to the water sample just before the last drop is added. If the light is poor it is easy to misinterpret the color formation, meaning you may add too little or too many drops. It may not be possible to run your aquarium tests in perfect full-spectrum daylight. The important thing is to try to read the results under similar lighting conditions every time.
Below is a short video covering the basics of aquarium water testing and how to use an aquarium test kit.
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An is needed for saltwater hobbists that keep corals or invertebrates that require iodine. Iodine is used up quickly by the aquarium inhabitants and skimmed out with the protein skimmer. I wouldn't recommend dosing iodine without using a test kit. The aquarium water test kits products mentioned here provides me with accuracy, safety and ease of use.
Photo provided by FlickrWith the varieties of aquarium water test kits available, how would you know which one you would need and why?
Photo provided by FlickrThis test kit includes everything you need to measure the general and carbonate hardness of your aquarium water.
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Keeping tropical fish healthy in an enclosed environment involves not only regular tank maintenance but also some knowledge of how to test your water and what to look for when you have the results of those tests in front of you. You have got to remember that just because the water looks nice and clear, that doesn't necessarily mean that the water is in good condition, for all you know your aquarium water may contain some extremely dangerous toxins that are lethal to fish. So before you put water in your tank, you must purchase some good quality water testing kits that will test ammonia, nitrite, nitrates and pH, these are the four elements that you must test for on a regular basis, even after your aquarium is fully established. It doesn't matter whether your aquarium has been set up for one month, or 10 years, you will always need to have some water test kits at hand.To test pH kits, we used the same water that was taken from an aquarium. David used a triple-calibrated Oakton Instruments Testr-2 digital pH meter and found that the pH of the sample was 8.2. was scheduled to give a presentation to a reef aquarium club some time ago, and I figured I'd try to do something different after the talk. I asked to have everyone coming to the talk bring all of their water testing kits, expired or not, just to see what would happen if a bunch of hobbyists tested the same water samples with different kits. With the help of my colleague and organic chemist Dr. David Flanigan, I got some water samples ready, and the club members brought in 14 pH kits, 9 nitrate kits, 14 calcium kits, and 12 alkalinity kits. They brought in 10 refractometers/floating hydrometers, too.An aquarium water test kit is needed if you want to be successful in the tropical fish hobby (freshwater or saltwater). You will need to know how to test your water during new tank start-up (the cycle) and whenever problems arise.